Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Key Ingredients of Change

Paper: 978 1 78220 325 4 / $50.95
Published: October 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
336 pp., 6" x 9"
This volume makes Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) widely accessible to therapists of different orientations. It provides clinicians with practical tools, an experiential tour through case examples, and simple exercises to step into EFT. An overview of the change events includes both client processes and therapist interventions moment-to-moment.

"In Stepping into Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Key Ingredients of Change, each step and stage of EFT is laid out in a practical and theoretically simple manner that extends beyond what therapists need to do, to helping therapists grasp what experiential therapy is, providing moment-by-moment examples of how to engage clients emotionally, and how to foster emotional engagement between partners."
-- from the Foreword by S. Johnson and A. Lee

Table of Contents:
About the Author
Foreword by Sue Johnson And Alison Lee

Part I—Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Stepping Into Love as an Attachment Process
1) Introduction to emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
2) Key ingredients of change on the EFT roadmap
3) The revolutionary new science of love as an attachment bond

Part II—Attachment Emotions and Alarm Bells Ringing: De-Escalating Negative Cycles in Stage 1 of EFT
4) Assessment and alliance: the attachment experience of Steps 1 and 2
5) The tyranny of unheeded attachment fears: unpacking emotion in the de-escalation change event (Steps 3 and 4)

Part III—The Role of Emotion in Creating Lasting Change: Reshaping Attachment Bonds in Stage 2 of EFT
Introduction to Part III
6) Working with emotion to shape the withdrawer re-engagement change event (Steps 5–7)
7) Working with emotion to shape the blamer softening change event (Steps 5–7)

Part IV—Integration and Consolidation
8) Consolidating secure bonds in Stage 3 of EFT
(Steps 8 and 9)
9) Integrating and consolidating the map of EFT

Part V—Commonly Experienced Impasses in EFT Therapy
Introduction to Part V
10) Addictive processes as substitute sources of comfort
11) Repairing broken bonds: forgiveness and reconciliation with EFT’s attachment injury resolution model

Part VI—The Next Steps
Introduction to Part VI
12) Extending attachment-based EFT to individual therapy
13) Future steps: you and EFT


Reviews & Endorsements:
"This is an amazing book! Lorrie L. Brubacher lays out how to do Dr Sue Johnson’s emotionally focused therapy (EFT) in a very clear, concise, understandable manner. She also integrates the latest research into the “how to” of practice. This is a must-read for anyone interested in learning EFT."
- Scott R. Woolley, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Couple and Family Therapy, California School of Professional Psychology , Alliant International University
"Emotionally focused couple therapy moves confidently into the complex world of relational experiences of couples that are not successful, bringing them the deep emotional experiences of meaning and joy that they are seeking. Dr Sue Johnson’s comprehensive model of couple therapy translates the findings of attachment theory into a very organised therapeutic stance involving a sequence of interventions to guide the struggling couple into the experiential patterns that their relationship needs to thrive. In her new book, Lorrie L. Brubacher provides us with an excellent guide for understanding Dr Johnson’s treatment model. Brubacher, an experienced EFT therapist, consultant, and trainer herself, is well positioned to invite us to walk with her in understanding a strong, evidence-based, treatment model for becoming engaged with couples in their struggling experiences in ways that enable them to forge deeply satisfying bonds."
- Daniel Hughes, PhD, founder and developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy